Sunday, July 21, 2013

Box Office Blitz Season 2, Week 2 Results Show!

As I Tweeted last night, when am I going to learn to always bet against Ryan Reynolds?  Dude had two new movies this week and they both tanked.  It's about time Hollywood wises up and realizes he's box office poison.  Meanwhile while this year has been disappointing for a lot of "stars," sci-fi movies that aren't based on known properties, and action movies it's been a good year for low budget horror movies.  Though someone I know on Facebook who published a ghost story last year confirmed that "The Conjuring" is not scary and pretty much just a bunch of cliches strung together.  I was much happier to spend my money on "Pacific Rim" in the 3D fake IMAX.  It was the first 3D movie I've seen in the post-Avatar era.  It was OK except the subtitles were kind of hard to read but then that's probably what happens when you wear glasses over glasses.

Anyway, here were the totals this week:
The Conjuring $41.5M
Despicable Me 2 $25.1M
Turbo $21.5M

My lousy picks were
  1. Turbo $50M
  2. RIPD $40M
  3. The Conjuring $30M
 That's 100 for Turbo and 100 for Conjuring.  Argh.  Fuck you, Ryan Reynolds.  Also people who cast Ryan Reynolds.

Chris Dilloway picked:
Turbo 45
Conjuring 40
Despicable Me 2 28

That's 100 for each for 300 total.

Briane Pagel picked:
1. Turbo: $45 million.
2. The Conjuring $35 million
3. RIPD $30 million.

That's 100 for Turbo and 100 for Conjuring.

Briane's wife Sweetie picked:
1. The Conjuring, $35 million.
2. Turbo $20 mil
3. Red 2: $11 mil.

That's 100 for Conjuring and 100 for Turbo plus 100 bonus on Conjuring at #1 for 300 total.

Michael Offutt picked:

Turbo $31 million
The Conjuring $27 million
Red 2 $25 million

That's 100 for Turbo and 100 for Conjuring for 200 total.

Andrew Leon picked:
1. The Conjuring: $30m
2. RED 2: $25m
3. Despicable Me 2: $24m

That's 100 for Conjuring and 100 for DM2 plus 100 bonus on Conjuring for 300 total.

David Walton picked
1-The Conjuring $37M
2-Turbo $30M
3-Red 2 $24M

That's 300 as well

Maurice Mitchell picked:
1. Turbo $55
2. RIPD $45M
3. Pacific Rim $30M

That's 100 for Turbo.

But the winner this week is Rusty Carl who somehow, perhaps using some kind of supernatural intervention, guessed the trifecta this week.

The Conjuring - $35 mil
Despicable Me 2 - $30 mil
Turbo - $29 mil

That's 100 for each, plus 100 bonus on #1, 200 bonus on #2, and 300 bonus on #3.  And to top it off, a 300 bonus for winning the round.  By my math that's 1200 points!!!

And here's the updated scoreboard:

Box Office Blitz


2 Total
1 Rusty Carl 1200 1500
2 Briane Pagel 200 1000
3 Andrew Leon 300 700
4 Chris Dilloway 300 700
5 PT Dilloway 200 600
6 David Walton 300 600
7 Sweetie Pagel 300 300
8 Michael Offutt 200 200
9 Maurice Mitchell 100 100

3100 5700

BTW, the recordkeeping for next week will be a little messy since I will be on vacation in the wilds of northern Michigan


  1. Boom! I think it's time you called second season done and declare an overall winner.

  2. Rusty disappears for an entire summer and then shows up and wins the round with 1,200 points? I smell a rat. I think he bribed you. Or he bribed the people that report the box office. Or both. I've never trusted Rusty. It's his eyes. They're shifty.

    I don't think anyone could have predicted that Turbo wouldn't beat Despicable Me 2, given that Turbo was new. But the whole think looked dumb to me.

    As for "The Conjuring," we saw that Friday night, and I liked it a lot. I don't know who this person who published a ghost story is (Dean Koontz? I bet it's him) but as a connoisseur -- I'm pretty sure that's spelled wrong but I don't care -- of horror, I have to say it was pretty good. It wasn't anything new or groundbreaking. It was just an effective piece of scary film-making. If I have a criticism, it's that the whole "Based On A True Story" appears to have blown the events out of proportion a bit, but even with that, it was good.

    Next week: Rusty, I'm going to take you down. You think you can win? I'm THE big fat panda. You're going to be following my trail like I'm a Will O' The Wisp. You'll think you got run over by a Heffalump. You're livin' in Elmo's World now, Dorothy. Just keep swimmin', Rusty. Just. Keep. Swimming.

    (I've been watching a lot of kids movies this weekend.)

  3. Just came home from seeing Despicable Me II. Very funny, although I laughed at different times than all the kids in the theater.

  4. I did go see Despicable Me 2 W/my kids...I guess I messed it up for my self!

  5. I knew my picks would suck, but who knew RIPD wouldn't even make it into the top three? Congrats Rusty!

  6. Damn. I'm sucking canal water on this contest. Kinda like your computer.

    1. That fucking thing will literally be sucking canal water if it doesn't shape up.



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